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Why the prime minister of Iceland is scheduled to visit a rural North Dakota town, population 92

Iceland Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir

MOUNTAIN, N.D.—The prime minister of Iceland will attend the 119th Annual Deuce of August Icelandic Celebration in Mountain this weekend, according to a press release from the festival.

Katrin Jakobsdottir will be the keynote speaker Saturday at 2 p.m. in the community center. She will also be in the parade that morning. Jakobsdottir is the fifth sitting prime minister to attend the festival.

The festival runs from Thursday to Sunday.

The North Dakota Tourism Department declared the Deuce of August to be the longest-running ethnic festival in the state. It's the largest Icelandic ethnic event in the country.

Mountain, population 92 in the 2010 census, is one of the oldest Icelandic settlements in the United States, according to the tourism office. It is about 85 miles northwest of Grand Forks in Pembina County.

Jakobsdottir, 42, became prime minister of Iceland in 2017. She will be joined at the festival by North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.

For full details about the event visit their Facebook page, "August the Deuce," or thedeuce.org.

A previous version of this article contained an error about who the confirmed guests will be.

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